Wi-Fi 6, the new generation of faster internet
Wi-Fi 6 first appeared in 2018, but it only reached users this year
In her report, published by the American magazine Wired in its British version, writer Daphne Leprince Ringuet mentioned that the Wi-Fi Alliance, which licenses Wi-Fi devices, has decided to make wireless networks easier to understand by changing the names of the different standards for this technology, so instead of Speaking of “802.11b” which was the first standard for “Wi-Fi” technology and was released in 1999, we can now say “Wi-Fi 1”.
Therefore, “Wi-Fi 6” is the sixth time that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (the international organization that sets standards for the telecommunications industry) has developed its WLAN technology and issues a new standard for it, “802.11ax”, which has become called “Wi-Fi 6”.
This update is expected to help improve the speed of the Wi-Fi network. Although it is not yet ready for widespread adoption, some compatible devices have been released.
What motivates us to pay attention to this technology?
In theory, Wi-Fi 6 will reduce the time you spend plugging and disconnecting your router to download a movie. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes explained that the network would provide a high-density environment in which many devices can “use the same wireless access point.”
According to technology analysts, Wi-Fi 6 will be 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5. A team of analysts on the CNET site measured an estimated speed of about 1320 megabytes per second, which is much more than what most devices need to function.
This update will affect 5 GHz networks that send data quickly and make 2.4 GHz networks faster than before, knowing that they are usually very slow.
What is the distinguishing feature?
“Wi-Fi 6” will send data more efficiently and more quickly. If there is a wireless access point such as a router and a smartphone, the new network will send all the data in one process and deliver it to more users at once.
The author added that “Wi-Fi” would be compatible with the orthogonal frequency division’s multiple access technology, which allows it to divide the bandwidth between the various sub-channels.
“This will help divide the spectrum and distribute the bandwidth for different user requirements, thus reducing jarring and waiting times,” Menezes said. By creating multiple access points, your router will be able to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously.
What makes it revolutionary?
According to analyst Olof Fallen of Gartner, Wi-Fi 6 technology is fundamentally evolutionary and could be a “turning point” for situations in which many users need to connect to wireless networks, such as stadiums, malls, conference centers, or airports.
In these high-density environments, different wireless access points use the same transmission channels, causing interference. In this case, “Wi-Fi 6” uses a basic set of colorization technology that detects common frequencies and identifies each group with its own number so that networks can intelligently decide whether the channel is jam-packed and avoids congestion.
Who really needs this technology?
According to Christian Canales, an analyst at “Gartner”, “Wi-Fi 6” technology will be beneficial in workspaces that are increasingly connected to the Internet, that is, in which employees use about 4 wireless devices, such as a laptop, tablet computer, phone and wearable devices, and buildings that have become more Intelligence.
Among other areas that could improve due to this technology, augmented reality technology and virtual reality could be used for training, product design, or visual displays. This does not mean that you will not notice any change in homes that require a strong connection to the Internet of Things; faster bandwidth is an improvement in this area.
What is it useful for?
“Wi-Fi 6” technology is imminent, but we will not enjoy its new benefits because it requires us to charge all electronic devices and routers to devices compatible with “Wi-Fi 6” technology to take advantage of the high speed of the Internet.
Plus, you shouldn’t expect any improvements if you’re paying for the cheapest home wireless internet plan out there. All this means that Wi-Fi 6 is still far from being adopted on a global scale.
In this regard, Menezes predicts that Wi-Fi 6 technology will be integrated into only 22% of laptops by 2022.
A time of disaster
When the epidemic turned our lives upside down, many of us were forced to stay home and switch our work and hobbies to the Internet. Video calls have replaced office and classroom meetings. Plunge into Netflix, play more video games, and shop online.
The result: We have loaded our home Wi-Fi networks with more devices that are working more than ever before. Our internet connection is getting more and more, and this has contributed to making video calls choppy and slow downloads.
But the new generation of “Wi-Fi 6” solves this problem. It brings higher speeds and wider coverage. Most importantly, wireless technology does a better job at sharing data connections more efficiently across many home devices, such as phones, tablets, computers, smart speakers, and televisions.
By using “Wi-Fi 6” when a device consumes huge amounts of data, such as a video game console that downloads a massive game, it will not slow down the entire network as it did with the previous “Wi-Fi” technology.
Wi-Fi 6 first appeared in 2018 but reached users only this year, when it became affordable, with devices costing less than $ 70, and widely available on new internet routers. Many smartphones and modern computers now also include chips that help take advantage of “Wi-Fi 6”.
Imagine cars driving down a road in one lane. Cars are devices that transmit data, and a device that takes a long time to complete a data-heavy task is like a slow car that forces all the other cars behind you to break.
Wi-Fi 6 reduces congestion by directing traffic. With the new technology, there are now many lanes: the newer and faster devices get together in one lane, and the slow lane for older, slower devices.
“Wi-Fi 6 can be more efficient in getting more devices online and faster,” says David Henry, vice president of Netgear.
Nick Weaver, CEO of Eero, a manufacturer of routers owned by Amazon, says that the benefit of reducing congestion with “Wi-Fi 6” will be more evident in an environment with many devices, such as an office with hundreds of computers doing heavy tasks in the same time.